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Phanigiri Artefacts

Phanigiri Artefacts:

The Phanigiri artefacts, dating from 200 BCE-400 CE and discovered in 1942, are on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • The Phanigiri Buddhist site is considered one of the most important finds in Buddhist iconography in this millennium.
  • Phanigiri is a small village in the state of Telangana.

Key findings:

  • The thoranas discovered at Phanigiri are very important as they are among the first found south of Sanchi.
  • The same thorana has a panel that shows both Mahayana and Hinayana schools of thought.
  • There is evidence from Phanigiri that shows the deification of Buddha, and we can date this change. From a historical and spiritual identity, there is a transition to canonisation and ritual.
  • The monograph of the event has the image of the Buddha wearing what looks like a Roman toga with folds carved in limestone.